August 27, 2012
NZ education to slip in world rankings
Education Minister Hekia Parata says New Zealand will slip down in world education rankings unless system-wide changes are made,
Ms Parata told the annual Educational Institute primary school principalsâ€™ conference that while New Zealand was seventh out of 65 OECD counties in a 2009 student assessment, the ethnic break-down was concerning.
While Pakeha students were second in the world and Asian New Zealanders seventh, Maori were 34th and Pasifika students 44th.
That indicates New Zealand has a high- performing education system with very low equity.
She says four out of five children succeeding was no longer good enough, and Nationalâ€™s aspiration is to make it five out of five.
Central to that was using data such as National Standards to drive improvements in the classroom.